Lionel Messi scores superb free-kick against Espanyol - watch

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Lionel Messi has just bagged his second goal in Barcelona's Copa del Rey match against Espanyol - and it is an absolute beauty.

The Argentinian ace levelled things up earlier on in the game with a simple finish after Espanyol had taken the lead, but took things to another level with his superb free-kick to hand Barcelona a 2-1 lead on the stroke of half-time.

To put the icing on the cake, the goal meant Messi equalled Ronaldinho's record of 19 goals from direct free-kicks in a Barcelona shirt.

From around 30 yards out, the 28-year-old fired his shot in off the bar and beyond the grasp of Pau Lopez in the Espanyol goal.

You can check out the goal, as well as the best of the reaction in the immediate aftermath on social media below.

Messi, who now has 15 goals in 20 appearances this season and is the favourite to scoop a record fifth Ballon d'Or this later this month, was held in check when Barcelona met Espanyol in La Liga over the weekend, however the Catalan club's rivals have been unable to repeat the trick this evening.

Luis Enrique's side are well on their way to defending their Copa del Rey crown, which they won as part of a historic treble this season, ahead of the second leg next week.

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